Jill Pay, Chair of the Pink Shoe Steering Committee and a former official of the UK Parliament, guided the panel through a discussion around how governments can create an enabling environment for women-owned businesses. They explored successes and challenges women face in launching and growing enterprises as well as potential solutions that can be used to mitigate these challenges in the UK. A key solution discussed to increase capital access was the option to set up a UK fund targeting women entrepreneurs, leveraging lessons from the design of the World Bank’s US$1 billion We-Fi.
Chairman, Pink Shoe Steering Committee
CRAIG TRACEY, MP
Chair Women and Enterprise All Party Parliamentary Group
HELENE MARTIN GEE
Founder, Pink Shoe Club
Acting Executive Director for the US, World Bank
Head of Enterprise, Business Banking, NatWest
BARONESS LORELY BURT
Member House of Lords
Collaboration is the name of the game.
— Jill Pay
We know that diverse boards and diverse companies perform better. It stands to reason that diverse governments would, too.
— Craig Tracey
Women need additional and alternative routes to get funding.
— Helene Martin Gee
Women’s economic empowerment is a global challenge – not a development problem.
— Karen Mathiasen
Access to finance is key to support women entrepreneurs.
— Julie Baker
Global business recognizes the importance of diversity and inclusion in the workforce and also in the procurement process.
— Baroness Lorely Burt